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the true meaning of independence day. ♪ >> the soldiers in the southeastern corner of afghanistan took part in a flag-raising ceremony. they were sent to afghanistan as part of president obama's troop surge. >>> the sacrifice so many have made in the fight for freedom a stark indication this morning that more americans are unaware of the very origins of this holiday. listen to this. a new poll finds that 42% of americans don't know the u.s. declared independence, 1776, folks, and 24% don't know that we declared independence from the british. >> come on. >> i categorically cannot accept that. >> there you go. >> unbelievable. >>> unbelievable. although this is of course, independence day, fourth of july. we're desperate for one day of great weather. we turn to you, stephanie roberts in today for sam. for the very latest. stephanie. >> good morning. no pressures, since you have to deliver a good fireworks forecast to the nation. yesterday, some very rough weather. moving through the d.c. area. in fact, one fatality from a tree falling on a man riding his bike. you can see folks evacuating the
from france tonight. >>> now, to afghanistan. we're getting an exclusive look inside that deadly attack, by terrorists at a luxury hotel in kabul. an american who was there, having dinner with his family hen it all unfolded, had his cam are in hand. and tonight, he shows abc's's nk schifrin, what he captured. >> reporter: it started as a serene tuesday night in kabul. ali omar, that's him there, filmed his family joking around. they sat outside the intercontinental hotel. >> by the poolside, having dinner. >> reporter: then, the shots started. first, in the distance. then, a little closer. and then, just as that police officer there, is walking away. >> they killed him. up close. after they hit him, they turned around, just started spraying. >> reporter: ali runs throughgh the dark. still filming. >> i said my prayers. if i die, i die. i'm watching the guy. he's just shooting in the crowd. i'm staring at him. if i can see him, he can see me. i ran and jumped the wall. there were about 16 of us on the other sid. >> reporter: they waited there. that's his father. that's his cousin. nobody
afghanistan with some troops marking their last holiday away before coming home and they have very simple wishes about who and what it is they want to see first when they get here. mike? >> reporter: david, it's another windy, dustyay ar forward operating base shahrana where soldiers from the 101st airborne have spent the past year, they missed labor day, thanksgiving, christmas, easter and memorial day. and now, there is one last holiday to get through before they go home, the fourth of july. >> blackjack where you at? >> reporter: this unit has a rich history, 101st airborne named a band of brothers during world war ii. today they took a break. knowing that home is coming soon. they can picture it. what do you miss most about home on fourth of july? >> believe it or not, my grill. >> good barbecue. >> sierra madre has a fourth of july parade every year and it's cool. everybody in the town comes out. a lot of fun. so, that's what i miss this year. >> miss the lake, definitely. green grass. that's my -- >> real ground. >> i miss my mama. >> reporter: on this day a powerful lesson. >> toug
on a trip to afghanistan. >> now is the moment, now is the moment following what happened with bin laden, to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort, that we can really triple al qaeda, as a threat to this country. >> it's such an interesting statement, christiane, because for so many years, some people argue that defeating a decentralized group like al qaeda was eslings impossible. what's your take on this declaration on potential imminent defeat? >> well, he did say if we continue this route. i think that's clear. obviously, al qaeda is spread out to the arabian peninsula, pakistan areas, and the rest. but it's about continuing this route. many people are concerned if there's a withdrawal of u.s. troops they shouldn't be too dramatic or swift to withdraw before al qaeda and taliban are defeated. >> christiane, i appreciate your analysis. i want to remind everybody, be sure to watch christiane a little later this morning on "this week." she has exclusive interview with white house chief of staff bill daley. bianna, over to you. >> not too far f
from afghanistan and iraq. an incredible story. >> incredible to watch. >>> more of diane sawyer's amazing interview of jaycee dugard. what a remarkable and resilient young woman she is and you're going to see more and hear from her. >> the strength and serenity she displays in the interview is incredible. >>> more on casey anthony. we learned her sentence was extended by four more days. the latest on that and the latest on these emergency negotiations in washington to try to prevent the united states going into default. the president called them into a rare session and the changes they're talking about could affect every single american. >> in dramatic ways. >>> first with josh elliott with more on the top stories including this horrible story in the ballpark in texas, george and i were watching the videotape. >> it is horrifying. we do begin with that ballpark tragedy. it seems we've seen it too many times to count. fans leaping interest their seats leaning over railings in desperate purr suit of a fouou ball, the most american of souvenirs. this time one fan went too far and f
to questioned when the dow plummeted almost 200 points. >>> in afghanistan a major attack on the government and a volatile southern province. three car bombings targeted the governor's house and police headquarters. at least 17 people have been killed. >>> and this morning a faulty signal is being blamed for that horrifying train derailment in china killed 39 people and left hundreds injured in a rare move, the chinese railway institute took responsibility today admitting to design flaws. >>> back in this country 250 homes had to be evacuated after this train derailed in northern los angeles county. many of the derailed cars often carry hazardous materials but authorities this morning say they found no chemical leaks. >>> a possible bombshell in the 4-year-old case of missing british girl madelieine mccann. she disappeared in portugal just shy of her 4th birthday. now dna testing is being conducted on a young girl in india spotted by a british tourist who said the girl resembles mccann now 8 years old. however, a french woman and her husband insist that they are the parents of the girl in q
't want to fight in afghanistan. sources say he was more than willing to cause bloodshed at home. after being arrested he told officers he wanted to get even with the military and chose ft. hood because of the 2009 attack here. where major nidal hasan alleledly killed 13 and wounded 30. he told them he wasn't going to target the military post but a nearby restaurant popular with soldiers. he told them his plan was to set off two bombs then shoot any survivors. police say the attack was imminent. >> we would probably be here today giving you a different briefing had he not been stopped. >> reporter: greg ebert is the man who stopped him. a former marine and police officer who works at this killeen gun store. he got suspicious when abdo arrived in a cab on tuesday. then bought six pounds of gunpowder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition, and a magazine for a semi-automatic pistol. he paid $250 in cash. >> if somebody comes in, especially into a business like this, and makes a purchase and doesn't know what he's buying, i'd be concerned about that. and was. i'm not bashful at all to point a
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